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3 reasons to choose an independent school

Choosing where to send your child for their education is often difficult. You want to make sure the school they go to is not only going to educate them academically, but also prepare them for the world ahead.

As a successful preparatory school, there are many reasons we believe an independent education to be the best choice. Here are 3 of them:

1. Unparalleled curriculum

The children at independent (sometimes referred to as private) schools' benefit from an enhanced, inspiring curriculum. Pupils learn a wide range of different skills, with classes in the humanities, many languages, science, and co-curricular subjects such as dance, sport, IT and Design and Technology.

As an independent school, we offer an unrivalled education that will prepare pupils for their secondary school entrance exams ahead.

2. State-of-the art facilities

Sport is a big part of life at any independent school, and the facilities here accommodate a large range of sporting activities, including football, cricket, rugby, netball, cross-country, golf, swimming, basketball, athletics and cricket.

Pupils take part in a weekly programme of fixtures against competitor schools and there is an opportunity for all children to represent the school during the term.

Our school gives children the opportunity to shine in the arts too, with our impressive Performing Arts Centre, complete with practice rooms, a dance studio, a large auditorium and modern lighting and sound technology.

The grounds also boast a brand-new outdoor classroom for our Pre-prep pupils. This has been specially designed to encourage exploration of varied surroundings and senses, and independent problem solving.

3. Individual attention

One of the main reasons to choose an independent education over state is the vast difference in class sizes. While a state school could have up to thirty children per class, schools like Westbrook Hay Prep School only allow up to eighteen per class.

Smaller class sizes mean the teachers can lead more focused lessons and provide each student with individual attention, helping them realise their own potential and supporting them effectively where needed.